What makes living in Farnham so great?

Published: 14 March 2023

A local’s guide to Farnham

With its Tudor and Georgian beautiful architecture, Farnham has been nominated one of the best places to live in 2022, according to The Times.

The town is also becoming increasingly popular by Londoners, who look for a cheaper alternative to the impossibly expensive houses and flats of the capital. Yet, not only is the economic reason a factor, but also its natural and green surroundings, as well as its great location for work commute and relaxed day-to-day living in general.

Covid has definitely accelerated this trend recently and the town is now expanding and rejuvenating. Because of this, SO Resi decided to launch a new development for modern housing through Shared Ownership: the SO Resi Farnham.

Thanks to the fast travel to London (you can reach London Waterloo in about an hour), as well as the several schools in the area for all ages, Farnham is now recognized as an ideal place for living and raising a family.

Farnham, Surrey, UK

Farnham's High Street

Things to do

Surrounded by beautiful countryside much of which is owned by the National Trust, Farnham is an area ideal for walking and horse riding. There are indeed vast natural reserve areas, such as the Thursley, Hankley & Frensham Commons, as well as several gold courses and parks such as the Farham Park and Bishop Meadows.

Farnham is a town of many contrasts. The town centre is lively and welcoming and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, art galleries and pretty market stalls, together with many listed buildings of historical interest. If you're in town, a visit to the ancient Waverley Abbey will be certainly worth it.

There is a wide range of chain restaurants and pubs to choose from on Castle Street. Take your pick from the pubs in town – The WheatsheafQueen’s Head and the Nelson Arms – or, further out, The Spotted Cow.

Waverley Abbey

Waverley Abbey


Farnham is well connected. Trains: half-hourly to London Waterloo (55-61 minutes). Driving - 20 minutes to the M3, 30 minutes to the M25, an hour to Southampton, a little over to central London, and 45-60 minutes to Heathrow or Gatwick.


There is a variety of schools in the area. Primary schools: Highfield South FarnhamWaverley Abbey JuniorSt Peter’s C of E and Rowledge C of E are all “good”, says Ofsted, with St Polycarp’s Catholic “outstanding”. Secondary schools: Farnham Heath End is “good”, and Weydon “outstanding”.


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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team


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